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Dobie Dichos

Date: Nov 02, 2018

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8th annual Dobie Dichos:

Campfires, Chili con Carne, and the Words of

J. Frank Dobie

"Any tale belongs to whoever can best tell it!" J.F.D.

Presented by George West Storyfest Association, Inc., this event honors Live Oak County’s most famous son, J. Frank Dobie, to celebrate Dobie’s works and contributions to literature, folklore, and storytelling.

Texas writers/authors and storytellers read from or tell stories from the works of J. Frank Dobie under the stars on the grounds of the Historic Oakville Jail, located on IH37 in Live Oak County. The meal consists of a bowl of chili, pan de campo, a bottle of water, and dessert. Beer is available for purchase.

“If Dobie had left instructions in his will, the Dobie Dichos readings would be exactly as they are now. Stories told around a countryside campfire, friends eating barbecue and feeling blessed by the stars. Listen, our literary father's clapping.” -- Nan Cuba, author / poet

“Dobie Dichos is the next best thing to hearing Dobie tell his stories around a campfire.” - Robert Flynn, author

"Attending the magical DOBIE DICHOS evening with some of my Austin students and a San Antonio poet friend was one of the literary highlights of my recent years in Texas. All readings were stunning and transporting, and will change the way you think about J. Frank Dobie and our state forever. I urge everyone who can make it to attend!” - Naomi Shihab Nye, poet/ author

“One of the most luminous evenings of my life.” — Megan Hicks, storyteller

"Nothing like gathering 'round the firepit and having the words of the master flow over you!” — Mary Grace Ketner, storyteller

"Hard to resist a J. Frank Dobie love fest celebrated by fans with his words and in song around a bonfire in the bosom of his homeland." -- Claudia Maceo Sharp, Manager THE TWIG

“My courting days are long gone, but if I were a young man seeking to get a young woman interested in me, I couldn’t do better than to take her to Dobie Dichos -- no matter what the stage of the moon.” — Rick Casey, Reporter/ Journalist

"It's like going back in time. Just magic. Out there, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, listening to stories, it can slip your mind that the last century--or two--is actually over.” - Elizabeth Crook, author

"At Dobie Dichos we reclaim a timeless heritage as we gather round the campfire, swapping stories and summoning J. Frank Dobie's spirit out of the smoke.” — Steven L. Davis, author

“Texas folklore at its best!!" - Decee Cornish, folklorist

"Dobie Dichos is just the sort of gathering that J. Frank Dobie loved--especially with his Texas Folklore Society friends. With the campfire, the stories told around the fire, and a good bowl of chili, Dobie’s spirit is all around the Dobie Dichos gathering." -
Fran Vick

Proceeds to benefit restoration of the
Dobie-West Performing Arts Theatre, George West, TX

To learn more about the Historic Oakville Jail, visit their website at www.oakvillejail.com.

BYOLC: Bring Your Own Lawn Chair, eat a bowl of chili, and listen to top Texas authors and storytellers read from/tell stories from the works of noted folklorist J. Frank Dobie under the stars at the Historic Oakville Jail town square.

*Schedule Subject to Change without notice

2018 Dobie Dichos Committee:
Bill Sibley ~ Program Co-Chairman
Mary Margaret Campbell ~ Program Co-Chairman
Cody Campbell, Chili Cook
Rodney Nance ~ Pan de Campo Cook
Melissa Nance ~ Serving Chairman
Lamon Bennett ~ Chili Server
Julie Kaase ~ Grounds & Drinks Chairman
Tony Kaase ~ Grounds Committee
Jacob Kaase ~ Grounds Committee
Marivel Deleon ~ Serving Committee
Dobie/West Theatre Representatives ~ Glynis Strause & Cindi Robinson

Participants for 2018

William Jack Sibley ~ Master of Ceremonies

William Jack Sibley 

William Jack Sibley ~ Master of Ceremonies and Co-Creator of Dobie Dichos, is a versatile writer. Sibley’s work has spanned from writing dialogue for television’s “The Guiding Light” to serving as a contributing editor at Andy Warhol’s, Interview Magazine, to seeing his work produced Off-Broadway and regionally. Author of over a dozen screenplays, two novels and numerous magazine, newspaper and journal articles, Sibley currently has two screenplays under option and is working on completing the third novel in his “Texas Trilogy”. In the Spring of 2015 Sibley was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters.


Mike Blakely

As a singer/songwriter, Mike Blakely has released 13 albums, performed all over the U.S. and has made 16 tours to Europe. His songs have been recorded by Alan Jackson, Gary P. Nunn, Red Steagall, Flaco Jimenez and Raul Malo, john Arthur martinez, Randy Brown, Geronimo Trevino III and JohnnyRodriguez, Johnny Bush, Jon Chandler, Bill Barwick and others.
As an author, he has published 19 books with major New York City publishers. His upcoming novel, A SINISTER SPLENDOR, will be released in February of 2019. It is a historical novel about the Mexican War.He is currently at work on Part Two.
Mike’s latest album, THE OUTSIDE CIRCLE, features ten songs about the wild west and cowboy life, past and present. It was released in June 2018 and was co-produced by Walt Wilkins and Ron Flynt (of Jumping Dog Studio in Austin, TX.) Find it on CD Baby for download or buy a physical copy directly from Mike here.
A native Texan, Mike served in the U.S. Air Force in Albuquerque, N.M., and later earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He released his first novel 1988 and his first CD in 1995. One of his co-written tunes landed on a Grammy Award-winning album by Flaco Jimenez in 1995. Another was played on the orbiting International Space Station in 2007.
Mike is a two-time winner of Western Writers of America’s Spur Award – once for best western novel of the year, and once for best western song of the year. Mike spent many years touring with his dancehall band, but now plays more shows as a solo artist, or in a duo or trio configuration at listening rooms, house concerts, festivals, and private parties. His career as a novelist leads to many non-traditional concerts at book stores, libraries, writers conferences, and book clubs.
"Having celebrated our house concert anniversary with the seventh show by Mike, we can only attest that it just keeps getting better and better! I'll personally guarantee it to be one of the musical highlights of your life!" ~ Paula Reynolds, Hilltop House Concerts, Kerrville, TX.
“Blakely is a consummate artist whose superb ability to capture an audience only serves to highlight his songwriting skills... which approach brilliance.” – Buddy Case, “The Loft,” Enola, AK
"Mike helped us establish our restaurant as a major music venue in the Hill Country of Texas. He has produced a weekly concert series for us for over eight years, consistently packing the house show after show. We have been named "Best Live Music Venue" four years in a row thanks to his efforts. He is an established talent, a huge asset to our business and a real pro." Paul Brady, owner/mgr. River City Grille, Marble Falls, TX


Kim Blakey

Kim Blakey, singer songwriter, comes from eastern New Mexico and west Texas. He was awarded the Western Swing Song of the Year with the Academy of Western Artists for 2017.

Brady Bowen

Brady Bowen prides himself on being a Multi-World Class cutting horse trainer and rider. The covers of the first six of his CDs have a picture of him riding cutting horses he trained and rode that won over $100,000 each or more in world class competition. The CDs are comparably named “In My Spare Time” volumes 1 through 6. In his “spare time,” to this date he has recorded over 10 CD albums and two live video DVDs. Along with the six “In My Spare Time” CD series and he has Volume 7, a “Tribute To Billy Dozier” CD plus Volume 8 “Instrumentals 1” and Volume 9, “Tribute to Bobby Boatright, Leon Chambers and Tom Morrell, former band members of his band “Swing Country,” all of whom have since passed on, plus his most recent CD, Volume 10, “Old Pictures in a new Frame.” All CDs showcase many of the best Western Swing musicians and vocalists of our time. As a musician and horse trainer, it has helped him keep two Texas western traditions alive – Western Swing Music (The official Music of the State of Texas), and training cutting horses. It was not by chance that in his “spare time” his music would evolve into invitations for his Swing Country band to play at many western swing events & festivals and the creation of his CDs & DVDs, not only is he a world class Texas horse trainer but also a renowned Texas fiddle player.
The late legendary Tom “Wolf” Morrell produced Volumes 1 & 2. Volumes 3, 4 & 5 were
produced by another legend, two-time Grammy winner Tommy Allsup. Brady and Howard Higgins produced Volume 6 in 2010, "Tribute To Billy Dozier" in 2011, in 2012, “Instrumentals 1” and in late 2012, “Volume 9 – Tribute To Bob Boatright, Leon Chambers, and Tom Morrell” plus Volume 10, all were produced by the team of Brady Bowen & Howard Higgins. Musicians that have been featured on Bowen’s CD’s are the late Bobby Boatright, who played on the first five albums, the official voice of Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys, the legendary Leon Rausch, plus some the finest of Texas Western Swing musicians, Tommy Allsup, Leon Chambers, Bobby Koefer, Billy Dozier, Larry Reed, Chris York, Wayne Glasson, Ronnie Dale Shultz, C.B. Sutton, Joe Paul Clark, Charlie O’Bannon, Johnny Johnson, Albert Talley, Jess Meadors, Hugo Chambers, Howard Higgins, Curtis Potter, Jody Nix, Tom Morrell, Elmer Lawrence, Bobby Dixon, Derwood Strube and many more.
Brady and his “Swing Country” band have played the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium each year from 2005 until recently, numerous dances throughout Texas, Oklahoma & Louisiana, plus Brady is, and has been, a supporter of many Western Swing music organizations for many years and received the President’s Choice Award in May, 2009 from the Cowtown Society of Western Music where he is currently serving on the CSWM advisory board. In September 2009, the Academy Of Western Artists awarded Brady Bowen and his Swing Country Band the 2009 Western Swing “Group Of The Year.” Since that time he has been inducted into the CSWM Heroes Hall of Fame, the North West Western Swing Music Society of Seattle Hall of Fame (2010), the Western Swing Society of Sacramento Hall of Fame (2011), the Western Swing
Music Society of the Southwest (WSMSS) Hall of Fame (2011), in 2012 he was nominated once again for “Western Swing Band of the Year” by the (AWA) and in 2013 won “Album of the Year” for his Volume 9 Tribute also by the Academy of Western Artists (AWA), along with being inducted into the prestigious Texas Western Swing Music Hall of Fame in San Marcos, Texas.
Always a family man, Brady and wife Laura, live just outside of Jacksboro, Texas on the Bowen Ranch. His son Weston and daughter Scarlet are both presently in college. Currently, Brady is involved in the oil industry & judging National World Class Cutting Horse Championship competition. Now, “In His Spare Time,” he dedicates this time to promoting, producing, and recording many different genres of Country, Western, and Western Swing Music through the Bowen-Higgins Studio located on his ranch in Jacksboro, TX. Volumes 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 plus many state-wide, regional and area artist’s CDs, all were produced, mixed, recorded, and mastered by Brady & Howard at the Bowen-Higgins Studio since it’s beginning in 2010.

Lewis F. Fisher

Lewis F. Fisher is an author and historian who draws on his background in journalism and publishing to Celebrated San Antonio historian Lewis F. Fisher, whose Maverick Publishing Company was acquired by Trinity University Press in 2015, has published forty-five books on topics ranging from San Antonio’s Spanish heritage to its urban development, and from the military to sports, architecture, and multicultural legends. A former member of the San Antonio River Commission, he has written numerous books himself, recently including Chili Queens, Hay Wagons, and Fandangos: The Spanish Plazas in Frontier San Antonio, winner of a San Antonio Conservation Society 2015 Publication Award, and Saving San Antonio: The Preservation of a Heritage, republished last year in a second edition. Fisher has received numerous local, state and national writing awards and was named a Texas Preservation Hero by the Conservation Society in 2014.


Paulette Jiles

Paulette Kay Jiles was born in 1943 in Salem, Missouri. She attended college at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, graduating in 1968[1] with a major in Romance Languages.[2] Jiles moved to Toronto, Canada in 1969, where she worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation[2] and, subsequently, helped set up native language, FM radio stations with indigenous peoples in the far north of Ontario and Quebec for the next 10 years.[3] In the process, she learned the Ojibwe language spoken by the Anishinaabeg tribes in Ontario and elsewhere.[2]
After marrying Texan Jim Johnson, she moved with him temporarily to San Antonio in 1991.[4] After several years of travel, including living in Mexico, the couple finally settled down in San Antonio in 1995, buying a run-down limestone house in the historic district, and spending the next few years renovating it.[2] After the couple were divorced in 2003, Johnson lived on there until his death (Sept. 20, 2016).[4] Since 2004, Jiles has lived on a 36-acre ranch near Utopia, Texas, about 80 miles west of San Antonio.[4]


Bret Anthony Johnston

Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of the internationally best-selling novel Remember Me Like This, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and the winner of the 2015 McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns Prize. The book has been translated around the world and is being made into a major motion picture. Bret is also the author of the award-winning Corpus Christi: Stories, which was named a Best Book of the Year by The Independent (London) and The Irish Times, and the editor of Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. His work appears in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Paris Review, Glimmer Train Stories, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Best American Short Stories, and on NPR’s Selected Shorts.
In 2017, Bret won The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, “the world’s richest and most prestigious prize for a single short story.” Other awards include the Pushcart Prize, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, the Stephen Turner Award, the Cohen Prize, a James Michener Fellowship, the Kay Cattarulla Prize for short fiction, and many more. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, The Best American Sports Writing, and on NPR’s All Things Considered.
A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he’s the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and a 5 Under 35 honor from the National Book Foundation. He wrote the documentary film Waiting for Lightning, which was released in theaters around the world by Samuel Goldwyn Films.
After directing the creative writing program at Harvard University for eleven years, Bret is now the Director of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas in Austin.


Diana Lopez

Diana López is the author of several middle grade novels including Confetti Girl, Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel, Nothing Up My Sleeve, Lucky Luna, and Coco, a Story About Music, Shoes, and Family the novel adaptation of Disney/Pixar's award-winning film. Her YA novel, Choke was adapted as a screenplay and aired on the Lifetime Movie Network as The Choking Game. A proud Tejana, Diana's favorite dicho is "los amigos mejores son libros"-- or, as Dobie would say, "Gotta love me some books." Diana lives in Corpus Christi, Texas and teaches creative writing at the University of Houston-Victoria.


Jiaan Powers

Jiaan ("Jan") tells traditional folktales, literary tales, ghost stories, and snippets from down home which delight and surprise audiences of all ages. A native Texan, Jiaan has been traveling since 1997, providing performances and workshops here and beyond Texas. Jiaan discovered her passion for storytelling and her talent for connecting students, teachers, and librarians to stories and literacy during her twenty-two years as an elementary teacher. Beginning in 2005 through 2012 Jiaan created curricula lessons for the Dallas Opera thus reinforcing for her the connections with storytelling and specific skills for students as found in Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).


Gil Prather

Pure Original’ describes Gil Prather. Known by his musician peers as “The Man from the Rio Grande,” Gil offers a unique style of self-penned Cowboy/Western music with a Tex-Mex border flavor. His music reflects his younger years of growing up on the Mexican border as a working cowboy in the Big Bend Country of West Texas. Early in his career, Gil’s versatility was recognized by major producers. He has written and produced several award-winning radio and TV commercials and, in 1996, he wrote the award winning song “I’ll Be Back in Texas by the Fall,” which was voted Song of the Year by the prestigious Academy of Western Artists.
From 1990 -1997, Gil was “the other brother” in the nationally acclaimed “Jose Brothers” comedy act which toured the southern United States. In the mid 1990’s, he teamed with Robert James Waller (The Bridges of Madison County) to co-write several selections from Waller’s Border Music album. Gil’s writing talent and unique style have made him well-known from Mexico to Canada, with performances throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. In 2014, Gil was inducted into the Cowtown Society of Western Swing Hall of Fame.
Gil has been a working cowboy since birth, spent time in the cattle and ranching business, and dabbled in the construction business. He appeared in Robert Duvall’s film Wild Horses and on CNBC’s hit reality show West Texas Investors Club as “The Tenderizer” with Rooster McConaughey and Butch Gilliam. Gil is still active in film, TV, and music.
Listening to Gil’s musical performance, you will experience true Americana music from a unique grass roots artist who has written a lifetime’s worth of songs reflecting the cowboy way of life he has experienced first-hand.

Andy Wilkinson

Artist, Poet, Songwriter, & Storyteller - Andy realized at the tender age of six that he wanted to be a poet. He also realized that the way to become a good poet was to live a life of variety, so he set about building an eclectic resume that includes time spent as a police officer, financial planner, commodities broker, and a formative stint as a bag-boy and cashier at Piggly-Wiggly.
Andy wrote songs and poetry all along, releasing albums and gaining a reputation a well-researched and well-liked personality on the national cowboy poetry stage.
Andy currently serves as the Artist-in-Residence at Texas Tech University's Southwest Collection and continues writing and making music as a way of life.



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